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 Solar Power World
Michigan lawmakers consider first statewide community solar program

 

The Community Renewable Energy Gardens bill is among five separate bills in the bipartisan Energy Freedom Package, which taken together would significantly advance Michigan’s clean energy economy.

 Crain’s Detroit Business
House energy committee holds hearing on solar energy bill package

 

Homeowners and businesses that invest in renewable energy would get more freedom from regulations that favor “monopoly utilities” under recently introduced bipartisan legislation.

 Detroit News
Lawmakers want to relax rules on renewable energy

 

Homeowners and businesses that invest in renewable energy would get more freedom from regulations that favor “monopoly utilities” under recently introduced bipartisan legislation.

 Utility Dive
Michigan lawmakers propose to boost consumer-generated renewables

 

A bipartisan group of Michigan lawmakers has introduced a package of five bills aimed at expanding access to renewable energy resources and raising the amount that owners of distributed generation are paid for their excess energy production.

 Detroit News
Green groups oppose DTE natural gas plant

 

They argue relying more on solar and wind power and energy efficiency is less expensive and wouldn’t pollute communities.

 Detroit News
Column: Renewables beat natural gas

A recent analysis by BW Research Partnership concluded that an energy portfolio of solar, wind and efficiency could supply Michiganians with just as much electricity as DTE’s proposed natural gas plant, while creating 10 times more construction jobs and four times more permanent jobs along the way.

 Crains Detroit Business
DTE gets pushback on new power plant

Opponents argue that DTE underestimated the future price of natural gas and failed to price out renewable energy resources and other electricity demand reduction strategies.

 Michigan Radio
As utilities phase out coal, debate over natural gas production heats up.

The company wants to build a $1-billion natural gas plant in East China Township in St. Clair County on a site where it currently operates a coal-burning power plant. Environmental groups oppose the plan.

Michigan Radio’s Tracy Samilton joins Doug Tribou to discuss the issues during this time of transition for the energy industry.

 Energy News Network
Michigan utility’s gas plant, pipeline plans pose conflict of interest, critics say

DTE Energy wants to build a natural gas plant near Detroit that could become a customer of a pipeline co-owned by one of its affiliated companies.

 Michigan Radio
What Will Replace Coal?

Even utilities are dumping coal. In Michigan, DTE Energy wants to shut down three coal-burning power plants and replace them with a billion dollar natural gas plant.

But environmentalists think there’s a better way.

 Detroit News
Column: Diversify state’s energy plans

Rather than saddle ratepayers with the long-term and unpredictable cost of a new natural gas plant, DTE should consider alternative options, including renewable energy projects like large-scale solar and even transmission solutions.

 Michigan Capitol Confidential
DTE Earns Big Gas Pipeline Profits, Lobbied For More Gas-Fired Electricity

‘More renewables’ and ‘less coal’ means more gas, and DTE is big in the gas business.

 Solar Power World
Report finds Michigan utility could create 10 times more jobs in renewables than natural gas

“We urge the Public Service Commission to ask DTE Energy to do a better job considering the less expensive, cleaner alternatives to building a big, expensive natural gas plant.”

 Union Of COncerned Scientists

*Power Up Michigan Coalition Partner

 

A cheaper, cleaner path forward for DTE customers
 Solar Industry Magazine
Michigan Survey Finds Strong Bipartisan Support For Solar
 Energy News Network
Michigan utility’s gas plant, pipeline plans pose conflict of interest, critics say
 PV Magazine
Advocates to Michigan regulators:
What about renewable alternatives?
 GREENTECH MEDIA
Solar Industry Tries to Stop a New 1.1GW Gas Plant in Michigan